The Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance have trained communication officers from 15 districts in Acholi and Lango sub-regions.
The training which took place over the weekend in Gulu town focused on building the capacity of district communication officers in digital communication ear.
The Government Citizen Interaction Center (GCIC) manager, Duncan Abigaba said the training registered its intended goals.
“We successfully centered on the areas of possible collaboration between GCIC, management of local government websites and effective use of social and digital media to communicate government programmes, said Mr. Abigaba.
A number of district communication officers narrated challenges they are facing including poor remuneration, no promotion and limited or no budget for their activities.
Acuma Geoffrey, the Nwoya district communication officer said in most cases the local governments rarely raise enough local revenue to cater for the communication office yet people have a lot of expectation on them.
Mr. Abigaba promised the communication officers that he is going to engage the Minister and permanent secretary of the ICT ministry on their concerns and also follow up on the 2017 pledge to equip them with Laptops and motorcycles to ease their work.
“In a nutshell just some policy need to be put so that every grant that enters the district, a known percentage is given directly to the district communication department to sort these challenges and be able to operate effectively,” said Abigaba.